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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:43am

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.

Minicomics May Be Small, But They Pack Big Thrills

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

Minicomics are kind of a relic — few artists now want to go to the trouble of printing and distributing paper comics. But there are still a few out there that are worth the trouble of hunting down.

Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:24pm

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.

Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:24pm

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as "episodes" and "seasons" rather than "books."

Starbucks' New Dress Code: Purple Hair And Fedoras OK, But Hoodies Forbidden

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:02pm

Yes, the green aprons remain, but you may begin noticing more personal flair underneath. Instead of black and white garments, baristas are now free to embrace "drabby chic."

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.

Netflix, HBO, PBS And More Bring Their Upcoming Shows To Critics

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

It's about time again for the Television Critics Association to meet in California, and we have a preview of the week to come.

Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."

'Sunlight Pilgrims' Is More Than Just A Chilling Tale Of Climate Change

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

Jenni Fagan's latest follows a transgender girl and her mother in a near-future world that's slowly freezing to death. Fagan makes potent but subtle links between climate change and personal change.

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:55pm

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.

#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:32am

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.

'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 8:32am

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 4:02am

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 4:08pm

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.

'Lights Out': A Scary Swedish Short May Become This Summer's Sleeper Hit

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 4:08pm

A self-taught filmmaker and his wife made the terrifying film in just one evening, using IKEA lights and a homemade dolly. The 2 1/2 minute short has now been adapted for the big screen.

At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

As the launch of the upcoming film coincides with the heroine's Comic-Con fandom, Wonder Woman appears to be hooking new fans for the same reasons she was birthed in 1941: justice, peace and feminism.

What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous.

Models From Norman Rockwell's Paintings Reunite

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

On the 100th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's first Saturday Evening Post cover, several of the children seen in his iconic portraits gathered at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Japan's Lunchbox Trend 'Kyaraben' Takes Lunch Prep To Another Level

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

It's cute ... but is it too much cultural pressure?

Your Mama ... Might Be Offended By This Insult Archive

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

The Janks Archive is a collection of videos in which people around the world share their favorite putdowns. They can be gross and rude, but according to one creator, they also bring people together.

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